Football In the 80's - 79/80 Season Pt 13 - Nottingham Forest v SV Hamburg 1980 European Cup Final



Hello Again - Stephen Clark here self indulgently reliving the past and we have reached the climax of the club season in the 1979/80 campaign. The European Cup Final took place in Madrid on 28th May 1980 and pitted the champions of Europe, Nottingham Forest against the Champions of Germany, SV Hamburg whose star man was English - Kevin Keegan.

Forest had beaten Oster of Sweden, Arges Pitesti of Romania, Dynamo Berlin of East Germany and Ajax to reach the final. Hamburg had seen off Valur of Iceland, Dinamo Tiblisi and Hajduk Split before beating Real Madrid in the Semi Finals and spoiling the Spanish giant dreams of lifting the trophy in front of their home fans.

ITV had coverage of this one for the viewers back home. Brian Moore was in the commentary box with Jack Charlton with Dickie Davies back in the studio in London. And it's from that coverage that I'll be taking you through the game.

Brian Clough selected the following team to defend the European Cup for Nottingham Forest and England. Gary Mills was just 18 years old and playing just his 19th game for the side. Last season's goal scoring hero Trevor Francis was absent with injury and there was also no Tony Woodcock.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1. Peter Shilton, 2. Viv Anderson, 3. Frank Gray, 4. John McGovern (Capt), 5. Larry Lloyd, 6. Kenny Burns, 7. Martin O'Neill, 8. Ian Bowyer, 9. Garry Birtles, 10. Gary Mills, 11. John Robertson

HAMBURGER SV 1. Rudolf Kargus, 2. Manfred Kaltz, 3. Peter Nogly, 4. Ditmar Jakobs, 5. Ivan Buljan, 6. Holger Hieronymus, 7. Kevin Keegan, 8. Caspar Memering, 9. Jurgen Milewski, 10. Felix Magath, 11. Willi Reymann Horst Hrubesch, the West German international striker was only on the bench.

Nottingham Forest get us underway on a lovely night in Madrid. The pitch in good nick but the terraces behind the goal Peter Shilton is defending and is the Forest end does have some gaps.

1 - Kenny Burns leaves a marker on Jurgen Milewski immediately to set a tone. Kevin keegan in the referees ear immediately. Probably should have been a yellow card, but the defenders normally get a freebie in the opening minutes.

Kevin Keegan unhappy in the early moments. Being pushed and pulled by Burns all over the field. Forest have obviously identified him as the danger man. The England captain playing his penultimate game for Hamburg having agreed a shock move to Southampton for next season.

8 - Keegan wins Hamburg a free kick a couple of yards outside the box as Lloyd fouls the England man. The Forest defender is not happy, but it's a definite foul. From it Felix Magath (remember him Fulham fans!!) strikes it but Shilton pushes it behind for a corner.